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Next Everton Manager Odds Favor Roberto Martinez After Rafa Benitez Gets Sacked

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by Sam Cox in Soccer News

Jan 17, 2022 · 10:31 AM PST

Belgium's manager Roberto Martinez
Belgium's manager Roberto Martinez gives instructions from the side line during the World Cup 2022 group E qualifying soccer match between Wales and Belgium at Cardiff City stadium in Cardiff, Wales, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
  • With one league win since September, Everton sacked Rafa Benitez following a defeat to Norwich at the weekend
  • Former Toffees boss Roberto Martinez is the early betting favorite to succeed Benitez
  • Who’s next for the Goodison Park hot seat?

The inevitable was confirmed this weekend when Everton fired Rafa Benitez after a woeful few months in charge. Benitez had led Everton to just one league win since September, and defeat to Norwich confirmed his fate.

Languishing just six points above the relegation zone and sporting longshot EPL odds, the Toffees are yet again on the look out for a new manager. Roberto Martinez is the early betting favorite to return to Goodison Park, while former players Duncan Ferguson and Wayne Rooney sit second and third in the odds.

Jose Mourinho is out at +3300 for a shock return to the Premier League, sharing the same price as another former Manchester United manager in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Next Everton Manager Odds

Manager Odds
Roberto Martinez -200
Duncan Ferguson +350
Wayne Rooney +450
Frank Lampard +1200
Graham Potter +1400
Nuno Espirito Santo +1400
Lucien Favre +2500
Paulo Fonseca +2500
Unai Emery +2800
Jose Mourinho +3300
Scott Parker +3300
Thomas Frank +3300
David Moyes +3300
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer +3300
Chris Wilder +3300
Sergio Conceicao +3300
Kasper Hjulmand +3300
Niko Kovac +4000
Phil Neville +4000
Gennaro Gattuso +5000
Steve Bruce +5000
Patrick Vieira +5000
John Terry +5000
Erik ten Hag +5000
Michael Carrick +5000
Roy Keane +5000
Gareth Southgate +5000
Ernesto Valverde +5000
Jesse Marsch +5000
Daniel Farke +6600
Sam Allardyce +6600
Mauricio Pochettino +6600
Marcelo Bielsa +10000
Leighton Baines +10000

Odds as of Jan 17 at William Hill

Push for Martinez

Hiring Benitez was always a curious move. Not only is he a former Liverpool manager, Benitez is a strange decision to make following Carlo Ancelotti, and particularly for a club that held top six ambitions. The leap into the unknown with Benitez appeared to lead Everton to search for familiarity in Martinez, but Jason Burt of the Telegraph reported that a potential move is off.

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The Belgian FA weren’t going to let Martinez combine the roles — Martinez looks set to stay in charge of the Red Devils.

Pursuing Martinez shows the Everton hierarchy remains unclear what they want from a manager. Benitez is a pragmatist where Martinez is more of a footballing idealist. Perhaps going after Martinez demonstrates a club looking for what it knows worked in the past (to a degree, at least), but given Everton’s decisions in previous years, it seems most like a club unsure of its direction.

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Chasing Names

Everton have been aggressive — and ultimately reckless — in the transfer market in the Farhad Moshiri era. Their approach to hiring managers has been similar.

While Ancelotti was a coup for the club, the Benitez hire was that of an organization desperate to hire a ‘name’. Arguably, going after Martinez while he’s in charge of Belgium is a similar approach.

After the PR disaster of hiring and firing Benitez, appointing a club favorite like Duncan Ferguson or Wayne Rooney would make a lot of sense for Moshiri. Rooney is doing a stellar job at Derby in nightmare circumstances, and could be the man to improve the club-fan relationship in the blue half of Liverpool.

On the other hand, the Toffees may once again pursue an established top-flight manager, someone who has proven their credentials in the top five leagues.

Lucien Favre would fit how Everton have recruited in recent years. Paulo Fonseca is an intriguing option given his attacking brand of football, and he’s clearly keen to manage in the Premier League after links with Tottenham, Aston Villa and Newcastle.

Everton Next Manager Best Bets

Everton are a difficult team to predict. Graham Potter is probably the best appointment they could make, but it seems an unlikely move. Rooney and Ferguson are the fan-pleasing options short-term, and of the two, Rooney is the better bet given his managerial experience with Derby.

Of the longer odds options, plenty would not take the job, including Jose Mourinho, Unai Emery, Erik ten Hag, Marcelo Bielsa and Mauricio Pochettino.

Other alternatives are not going to excite the club or fanbase like Steve Bruce, Frank Lampard or Scott Parker.

This comes down to what Everton prioritize. It seems like they either go for Rooney or Ferguson or they once again go after a glamor name. Of such candidates, Favre and Fonseca represent the best value given their odds, though Niko Kovac and Ernesto Valverde could be worth a longshot wager.

Best bets: Wayne Rooney (+450), Lucien Favre (+2500)

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